Thursday, 24 January 2008

It’s better to fight!

The latest research shows that couples who argue live longer than couples who keep their feelings bottled up:

Early mortality results from "mutual anger suppression, poor communication (of feelings and issues) and poor problem-solving with medical consequences," the researchers write in the January issue of the Journal of Family Communication. The couples ranged in age from 35 to 69.

"When couples get together, one of their main jobs is reconciliation about conflict," said researcher Ernest Harburg, professor emeritus with the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Psychology Department. "Usually nobody is trained to do this. If they have good parents, they can imitate, that's fine, but usually the couple is ignorant about the process of resolving conflict."

Now that’s great of course. But before arguing make sure there’s nothing lying around that could be used as a weapon!